Newsletter: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

Newsletter: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

--The Morrison County Sheriff's Office is asking if anyone can identify what appears to be a reddish 4-door hatchback, possibly with scratches on the driver side door and a dark colored sedan. These vehicles were captured on camera tearing up the field on the east side of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton between 1-5am last Friday. Pictures have been posted on the social media page of the sheriff's office. If you have any information about who may own these vehicles, please call the sheriff's office at (320) 632-9233.

--The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office also posted that they are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 2005 John Deere Gator side-by-side ATV similar to the one shown on their facebook page. The side-by-side was taken some time last week between Wednesday and Thursday from a location off 215th Street near Little Elk Wildlife Management Area, approximately five miles west of Randall. The side-by-side is green with yellow rims, a roll bar, a damaged front fender and a custom-made hitch. If you have knowledge of where this side-by-side might be, please call their office at 320-632-9233 and ask to speak to an investigator.

--A Rice home was destroyed in a fire Sunday night. The Rice Fire Department responded to a fire at a home in the 9900 block of Ferry Point Place around 6:30pm. Authorities say the homeowners, Travis and Pamela Benoit, were not home at the time of the fire. No people were hurt in the incident, but a family dog died inside the home. The house is considered a total loss. No nearby homes were affected. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire but say they believe it started in the lower level of the house. The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rice Fire Department.

--The Elk River Police Department is investigating a train versus pedestrian accident. Police Chief Ron Nierenhausen says they were called to the scene just after 6pm Saturday. Officers arrived to find a man dead on the tracks. The police chief says the victim is a 57-year-old Anoka man. His name has not been released. The accident is under investigation and the police department is not releasing any other information at this time.

--Gas prices have declined across the country in the past week. Gas Buddy says every single state saw gas prices drop with tens of thousands of stations under $3 per gallon. They say everyone will be seeing relief at the pump this week, with even more substantial declines on the way as oil prices plummeted last week under $80 per barrel. Gas Buddy says it is not impossible that if oil markets hold we could see the national average of $2.99 by Christmas. They advise that you shouldn't be in a rush to fill up this week as prices will continue to come down heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

--The Santa Parade returns to Little Falls this Friday night. The parade will continue with the same trek as in the past. Beginning on the west side of Little Falls near Anderson Custom Processing on Lindbergh Drive South then turn right onto eastbound Highway 27 past the railroad tracks and down to Bank Square then turn left onto First Street and north to the Fire Hall. All are welcome and see the parade this Friday starting at 6pm. If you still want to be in the parade who asked to contact Mary at 320-632-5155.

--A reminder if you still want tickets to the Madrigal Dinner being put by the Little Falls Choir Department on December 4th you must get your tickets applications by tomorrow at the High School Activities Office. Remember to call and get your tickets today at 616-2207.

--The Minnesota State Patrol reported that extra law enforcement will be out on Minnesota roadways for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Expect heavy travel flow on Wednesday into Thursday and again as the weekend ends. Also with many still doing Black Friday shopping on Friday some parking lots and shopping areas could become very busy at times. The State Patrol is reminding motorists to watch speed, do not use the cell phone and never drink and driver. Also shoppers should also check belongings, make sure they are out of sight when the vehicles are left unattended and never leave vehicles unlocked if away from the car for this busy holiday weekend.

--Rose Surma informed Little Falls Radio yesterday that Oasis Central Minnesota is wrapping gifts this holiday season again at the Historic Morrison County Courthouse. They will be starting this in December and you can call for information at 320-632-9140. The gifts are wrapped for a donation to help the homeless through Oasis Central Minnesota based in Little Falls. Again for details call Rose 632-9140.

--Tonight is the final of the two performances of the IMC Indoor Marching Band Concert at Little Falls Community High School. Tickets are $7 adults, and $3 students and available at the door which open for the show at 6:30pm, show at 7pm at the auditorium.

--Norman Block, age 76 of Lastrup.
--Dorinda “Dee' Peterick, age 62 of Little Falls.
--Urban L. Otremba, age 86 of Little Falls.
--Janet Zajac, age 68 of Crystal formerly of Hillman.
--James “Jim” Dumas, age 73 of Little Falls.

TODAY= AM flurries, sunshine later in day, high 34.
TONIGHT= cloudy skies, low around 16.
WEDNESDAY= becoming sunny, high 37, clouds overnight, low 24.
THANKSGIVING= morning freezing drizzle, then breezy, 32, low 26.
FRIDAY= sunny skies, mild temps, high near 40, low near 25.

WORLD= United States and Wales finish in a 1-1 draw in the opening round of the World Cup in Soccer.
BHK= Little Falls opens the boys hockey season Friday afternoon at the Tria in St. Paul against Monticello at 3:15pm then Saturday also at the Tria against Mahtomedi at 5:45pm both games can be heard live on Q92 WYRQ and online at

IN 1917= The National Hockey League formed with first teams being two teams from Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec in Canada within two years Boston and New York formed as first U.S. teams to join.
IN 1927= Carl Eliason of Wisconsin patents the first snowmobile.
IN 1934= Eddie Cantor introduces “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” on his radio show, becoming one of the top Christmas songs.
IN 1963= President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in the early afternoon. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the shooting and later he was killed by Jack Ruby on the 24th leaving Dallas jail. Kennedy died a short time after the shooting at the of 46. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One.
IN 1968= the first inter-racial kiss seen on TV as Captain Kirk kisses Lieutenant Uhura on TV's Star Trek.
IN 1984= Mr. Roger's sweater is put in the Smithsonian Museum.